Race Relations in Colonial Trinidad 1870-1900

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 6, 2002 - History - 264 pages
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In this study of the development of a colonial Caribbean territory in the late nineteenth century the diverse peoples of Trinidad - Europeans, white Creoles of French, Spanish and English descent, Africans, Creole blacks, Venezuelans, Chinese and Indian immigrants - occupy the centre stage. They formed a society deeply divided along lines of race, skin colour, economic position and educational level. Dr Brereton looks at how the white elite, both European and Creole, was able to control the society, largely unchecked by the Imperial power and its agents in Trinidad, and then investigates the emergence of a group which would challenge that control: the coloured and black middle class. This book makes an important contribution to the history of the West Indies, and especially to the history of Trinidad, still largely unresearched. It will interest historians and sociologists concerned with the development of post-emancipation Caribbean societies and with race relations in the Americas after slavery.
 

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I find this book to be informative and knowledgable. I will futhermore refer this book to other and ask that they contine to do the same since I myslef am a Trinidadian and Creole. My parents on bother side are fulent speakers of it and so where my grandparents unfortuneately I didn't adopt this language because it was phasedout by my time and I moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at age eight. I did however manage to pick some spanish along my lifetime but little or no french. 

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I dont like how the author make false accusations based on douglas!

Contents

The environment
12
The white elite
34
Education and mobility
64
The rise of a coloured and black middle class
86
The urban labouring population
110
The black rural masses
130
The souls of black folk
152
The Indians
176
Racism and race relations the divided society
193
Abbreviations
213
Notes
214
Bibliography
238
Index
245
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